2020 Member Kudos

nghia-le-57365-unsplash.jpgOur members have been making an impact and doing amazing things this year. We love to celebrate their success! See what AFP Greater Madison Members have been up to.

Do you have something special to share for Member Kudos? We want to hear about it. Please share your story with us!

  • Job changes or promotions
  • Unique grant or funding accomplishments
  • Honors or awards for you or your organization
  • Capital campaign completion



Ash Collins

Congratulations Ash Collins on an amazing #GivingTuesday campaign for Dane County Humane Society! Her efforts resulted in 147% of their goal being raised, making it DCHS's best #GivingTueday ever and possibly the best single day of fundraising in the history of DCHS. Thank you Ash for using your skills to help animals in need!


Liz Pelton

Groundswell hired a new Development & Outreach Coordinator in August, Liz Pelton. Previously Liz had been working at the Int'l Crane Foundation, writing grants for their conservation programs in North America. We're thrilled to have her join our team. Onboarding during this crazy time is interesting, but Liz is up for the challenge!


Liz Pelton

We, Groundswell Conservancy, hired a new Development & Outreach Coordinator in August, Liz Pelton. She comes to us from the International Crane Foundation and we're thrilled to have her join our team, protecting special places, forever. Starting a new job during COVID, primarily working remotely is not easy, but Liz is facing the challenge in stride.


Victoria Boucher

Promoted to Associate Director at Community Shares of Wisconsin



The UW Odyssey Project

The UW Odyssey Project secured $3 million dollars in funding to ensure its long-term sustainability. The endowment will support Odyssey’s transformational work in breaking the cycle of generational poverty and addressing racial and economic inequities in Madison through access to education. Here is the news story. A generous group of donors, including the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, Oscar Rennebohm Foundation, Diane Ballweg, Deirdre Garton, and Bea and Lau Christensen, pledged $1.5 million in gifts which will be matched by UW supporters John and Tashia Morgridge.



Max Nguyen

Shout out and thank you to Mike Sweitzer-Beckman for becoming a mentor! Not only is he a great fundraiser for Edgewood, but very knowledgeable and supportive to his peers. He'll be a top-notch mentor!



Marcy Heim

Presented in AFP ICON Virtual with MORE Major Gifts as one of only 11 presenters selected to be part of this first virtual event. Now the pre-conference course she was teaching will be offered by AFP International as a virtual conference September 22 and 24. If you are eager to take this sooner, she'll be offering online in June and in-person in Denver in July.


Pete Schwieger
Anna January

Shout out to Pete Schwieger and Anna January for getting the mentorship program off the ground. Should be another great way to connect with other development folks here in Madison and continue to build community!



Sarah Linn

A huge thank you to Sarah Linn for taking the lead on supporting the Professional Development Committee for the April roundtables (Zoom-Tables). She seamlessly managed a group of 40+ local professionals and gave us all a chance to chat during a time when we can't be together!



Heidi Kramer

Congratulations to Director of Development, Heidi Kramer at the UW Foundation and Alumni Association who works on behalf of the School of Veterinary Medicine. Heidi was instrumental in the commercial featuring the golden retriever Scout that aired during the Super Bowl, raising much needed funds to support clinical cancer research and helping increase awareness of the important role veterinary medicine plays in the fight against cancer.



Ash Collins

Ash Collins helped Dane County Humane Society go viral! When a cat came in as a stray and needed her ear flaps amputated, Ash crocheted her a new set of ears! Read her full story in this CNN article - https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/19/us/cat-crochet-ears-adoption-trnd/index.html

Ruth Hansen

In February, Ruth Hansen presented "Community in Fundraising Practice: Meanings, Mechanisms, and Metaphors" as part of the colloquium series at the Helen Bader Institute - UW-Milwaukee. The presentation was based on analysis of how the idea of "community" surfaced in interviews with fifteen fundraisers -- who it includes, and what benefits and obligations it brings with it.

Pete Schweiger and Anna January and Co. for getting the AFP mentorship program set up and ready to roll!